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The Trivial

by Bookwyrme , February 7, 2008—06:19 PM

Topics: Trivia, beauty, momentous, mundane, wonder

I want to make people smile.

It's that simple. I want them to look at the photo, smile, and go away feeling just a bit happier.

I want to make people smile.

It's that complicated.

I want them to walk away with a different view of the world than they had when they first looked at the photo. I want them to start noticing things, big things, and, most especially, little ones. I want them to rethink their ideas about what is beautiful and what is not.

I want them to look at a cement mixer and realize that, while it makes a terrible mountain view, it makes a great cement mixer. It has its own, intricate beauty partly because of the very functionality that often leads people to overlook it.

I want them to look up and see the shoe that landed on the roof, the palm tree starting in a sidewalk crack, the shadows on the wall, the child's stuffed elephant sitting on the wall. I want them to realize that there is a world of wealth out there.

You see, I am a firm believer in the importance of the trivial and the mundane. We all encounter far more mundane events in our lives than we do big, life-changing ones. Ultimately, all those little events, all those little things, are going to shape and change us at least as much as the big ones.

And I want people to notice.

I want to make people smile.


 

COMMENTS

 
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  Michael Mize ( homepage )

02/08/2008 * 09:48:04

Well reading that made me smile. You know, after having read a few of your blogs now I'm convinced that your writing is every bit as intruiging as your photographs (especially your Just Stuff! pictures, which are by far my favorites).

 
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  ArtId Staff ( homepage )

02/08/2008 * 09:09:24

Mission accomplished Jessica,
Those shovels look like my aunts. I think that's hilarious.
Mary

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